Wilfs plan to appeal judge's ruling

  • Updated: September 26, 2013 - 12:15 AM

Vikings president Mark Wilf said his family will appeal a New Jersey judge’s order to pay $84.5 million in damages to the former partners who sued for fraud in a long-ago business venture.

“Certainly we disagree with the judge’s ruling, and it’s something we plan to appeal,” Wilf said Wednesday in London. “That’s really the only public comment I can make on it given it’s an ongoing legal matter.

‘‘But I think the important thing for everyone here is it doesn’t affect, one iota, our commitment and our ability to conclude negotiations and moving on to getting the [Vikings] stadium done and opened in the fall of 2016.”

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Deanne Wilson ordered Wilf and his brother, Zygi, and their cousin, Leonard Wilf, to pay $84.5 million in damages to former business partners who sued them for fraud over a 1980s real estate deal.

Zygi Wilf is owner/chairman of the team, Mark Wilf is owner/president, and Leonard Wilf is owner/vice chairman.

The ruling covers compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiffs Josef ­Halpern and Ada Reichmann.

The damages awarded Monday did not include requests for more than $16 million in plaintiff’s attorney and accounting fees, which could push the damages awarded to more than $100 million.

 

MARK CRAIG

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